On this week’s episode, the guys talk about corn varieties for sweet and field corn. They begin by discussing the different types of sweet corn which are indicated by the genes present. There are three main sweet corn categories based on the genes they have — su (standard), se (sugary extender) and sh2 (supersweet). There are also varieties with combinations of these genes, which is the case with the Honey Select variety. The su, or standard, varieties include those older cultivars such as Silver Queen, Silver King and Stowell’s Evergreen. These varieties have more starch and less sugar as compared to the se and sh2 varieties. The se, or sugary extender, varieties include cultivars such as Ambrosia, Peaches and Cream and Incredible. The sh2, or supersweet, varieties have the highest sugar content and store the longest, but are the most finicky when it comes to germination and planting depth. Greg recommends that beginner gardeners go with one of the su varieties, but that he has grown many of the se varieties in the last few years with great success. They also talk about their field corn varieties which include Jimmy Red, Blue Hopi, Truckers Favorite and Hickory King — all of which are great for grinding into corn meal and grits.
On the Show & Tell segment, they sample a couple beets from Travis’ garden. Travis mentions that a customer recently asked him about the taste difference between red and golden beets. To help answer the question, he brought a Merlin beet and a Touchstone Gold beet from his garden. After sampling, they both agree that the Merlin beet has a sweeter flavor and higher sugar content, but that they are both delicious and fun to grow.
On the Q & A segment, they answer questions about pickling okra and planting asparagus or strawberries. Greg brought a book called “The Pickled Pantry” and agrees to send it to the guest who asked the question. He mentions that the book contains several great pickled okra recipes that he’s tried with great success. Travis explains that they have several beds of asparagus growing behind the warehouse, and that they also have a couple asparagus growing videos on their YouTube Channel.